Anybody interested in privacy issues and government records handling might be interested in hearings planned by the state court system. You have about ten days left to register to testify, but those interested in listening should just show up March 2.
John Baer looks at the Swann nomination -- historic moment, underinformed candidate, charismatic personality. Who can predict what will happen next.
DN columnist Earni Young makes another argument in favor of Philadelphia's tax abatements on building and renovation, not least pointing out (a) that recipients of the abatement still pay tax on the prior value of the site, and (b) that it accounts for huge gains to the city in real estate transfer, wage, and other taxes that must be taken into consideration when looking at the net benefits.
Above Average Jane puts would-be Congressman Patrick Murphy under the dreaded historical microscope by looking at columns he wrote as a West Point professor (for the student paper). She likes what they reveal about the man behind the words.